RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) marked Thursday, Jan. 23 across its system as the third annual statewide observance of Maternal Health Awareness Day.

In 2017, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to designate a day calling for action to raise public awareness about maternal health and promote maternal safety. In recognition of Maternal Health Awareness Day, facilities across RWJBH hosted education events for health care providers and the public to help increase awareness of maternal health issues within their communities.

“We are committed to improving maternal health outcomes. With eight facilities where women can deliver children, we deliver close to 24,000 babies a year. We work closely with each of those facilities to ensure we have standardization and best practices in place across our system for our new and expectant mothers,” said Dr. John F. Bonamo, executive vice-president, chief medical and quality officer of RWJBarnabas Health.

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More than 100,000 women give birth in New Jersey each year. To improve outcomes for both mothers and infants, New Jersey has been focused on maternal health both clinically and legislatively.

“When a woman chooses to give birth at an RWJBarnabas Health hospital," Bonamo said, "our highly skilled and dedicated multidisciplinary teams ensure that quality care and patient experience are a top priority. In fact, in 2019 each of our hospitals saw a reduction in key quality indicators for care, including cesarean section rates, episiotomy rates and early elective delivery rates.”